More from my vinyl collection this morning, which is in a constant state of revitalisation after the inexplicable loss of large chunks from it.
This morning’s choice is a Greatest Hits album that I only ever owned on cassette back in the day, but have recently picked up on vinyl, in a lovely gatefold cover.
Released in 1986, it features the singles released by Roxy Music and some of lead singer Bryan Ferry’s solo stuff.
I’ve decided to focus just on the Roxy Music tracks, one from each side of the record. And there’s a reason for that.
The songs feature, pretty much, in chronological order on the album, with the notable exception of their only UK #1 single, a cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy“, which rounds the compilation off, although it wasn’t their last single.
In their pomp, Roxy Music were considered trendsetters, with their arty, cool take on glam pop, but as the years went by, and the band’s line-up changed – most importantly when Brian Eno left – so their sound changed too; they became more polished and the songs seemed to become slower, often still quite wonderful, but nothing which came close to anything released in their heyday.
By way of evidence: